International Notebook | Nagbe and USMNT eke out draw, while Guzmán inches closer to World Cup with Costa Rica

Darlington Nagbe, U.S. Soccer at Honduras, 09.05.17

In a high stakes matchup, the Darlington Nagbe and United States Men’s National Team escaped Honduras with a point, thanks to a late goal by Bobby Wood. Nagbe started the match for the Yanks and put in a 73-minute performance.

Honduras opened the scoring in the 27th minute, when a through ball by Alexander López deflected off the foot of U.S. defender Omar González. Romell Quioto collected and struck far post to put Honduras up 1-0.

The USMNT trailed until late, until second-half substitute Bobby Wood delivered the equalizer. What started as a free kick by Kellyn Acosta was denied by the Honduran goalkeeper, but the ball did not clear the box. That's when Wood came to the rescue. 

With the draw, the United States maintains their grasp of third place in the Hex.

With a 1-1 draw against Mexico, David Guzmán and Costa Rica secured a top-four finish in the Hex are on the cusp of securing their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Guzmán played 75 minutes in the the draw and helped Costa Rica maintain its second-place standing in The Hex. 

Los Ticos were their own worst enemy in the 42nd minute. Mexico’s Gio dos Santos had a shot saved by Keylor Navas but the ball then deflected in for an own goal. The score remained 1-0 until Marcos Ureña equalized in the 82nd minute, securing a crucial point. Costa Rica needs just one more point from their final two World Cup qualifying matches to solidify its place in Russia.